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I didn’t follow all of your links to see if this was covered, but Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt, did make a scary comment recently, in essence saying we needed to get over privacy, and if there was something you don’t want people knowing, then maybe you shouldn’t be doing it online in the first place (which was ironic, because Schmidt blackballed CNET for a while for publishing some of his personal info, like salary, obtained through a Google search).

I do agree that Google will do its best, though, to do the right thing, as it is in Google’s financial self-interest. They admitted something similar with their belief in open platforms, indicating that they leaned towards open platforms because it benefited them financially.